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June 10, 2010

Bad Political Inertia…

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America’s political process is a lot like a 200 car freight train. Once you get it going, it’s hard to stop.
When it comes to our present levels of government spending, it’s hard to find many politicians with even the courage to TRY to stop some wild and crazy spending.
While I applaud the president for taking action (though a year late) to modify federal hiring and look for departmental cuts (a low target of 5%), this is his first significant movement to slow what has become a trend of expanding government while the private business sector contracts.  We also continue to purchase high-dollar military items even the Joint Chiefs say they don’t need.
If you take time to read the piece written by Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn to the right of this column (published in the Hugo Daily: 6-8,9,10) you will begin to understand that American politicians are not only addicted to spending, but we have surrendered common sense in the process.
Because of the length of Sen. Coburn’s letter, we will run it in three installments. The second and third installments are almost unbelievable in the facts that they reveal.
Sadly, the Washington bureaucracy has little appetite for change, and Coburn and other conservatives have their work cut out for them. They are going to be met with fierce resistance every step of the way.
Oh, yes, it does matter who voters elect to send to Washington this fall.
Wisdom is only a portion of the formula for a productive politician in today’s world.
Other important attributes are willingness to LISTEN to the voters and COURAGE. DO THE RIGHT THING, and you get to keep your political job.
But, here we go again. Nearly half the country thinks the right thing is to print more money and dole it out, or design and purchase weapons systems we can’t pay for. (How about $300,000 for the pilot’s helmet in the new Joint Strike Fighter?)
Also in the HDN we publish another revealing story about how politicians presently don’t want to be called to vote on anything controversial on the eve of the seasonal elections. They can’t even pass a budget because they know it will be loaded with all kinds of “normal” spending embarrassments that will rile the voters even more.
Too bad the citizenry can’t vote every year. That would help keep some of these political shenanigans to a minimum.


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